Manuel Pellegrini may not say it but Manchester City showed why they are favourites with win at United


Edin Dzeko hit two goals as Manchester City swept aside Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford (Picture: Reuters)

Heading into the Manchester derby, Manuel Pellegrini claimed that – although he expected City to win – his side were not favourites for the game.

Pellegrini may have been attempting a degree of diplomacy or seeking to avoid providing bulletin board material for his opposite number but, despite United’s recent good form, City lived up to their billing as favourites by sweeping United aside in emphatic fashion.

For City fans of a certain vintage it is a rare old feeling to even countenance the possibility of getting a derby victory away from home – but to march into Old Trafford as odds-on winners is still something to shake your head at, despite City’s ascent – and victories – in recent seasons.

From the very first whistle, City’s intent was clear; a fast and furious…

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